Kathleen Lynn – The Rebel Doctor is a documentary which tells the previously unknown story of an extraordinary Irish woman.
Kathleen Lynn was born in County Mayo in 1874 into a wealthy protestant family. As a young woman she was deeply affected by the abject poverty and disease that ravaged the lives of local people in the aftermath of the Great Famine. At just 16 years of age she decided to become a doctor. In 1919 she established and founded St. Ultan’s Children’s Hospital, an initiative which helped to lower the infant mortality rate in Ireland. She was also politically active and served in Connolly’s Irish Citizen Army in 1916, was involved in the Suffragette movement, and served on the Sinn Fein executive and as a TD.
Directed by Sé Merry Doyle of Loopline Films, The Rebel Doctor charts the astonishing life and legacy of Dr Lynn one of the great humanitarians of 20th century Irish history.
With kind permission of Sé Merry Doyle.